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Barbarian Invasions, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Morally hollow drama about an estranged son (Stephane Rousseau) who returns home to Quebec in order to visit his ailing father (Remy Gerard), an unrepentant womanizer dying of cancer, and, in trying to brighten up his final days, organizes a reunion of his father's highbrow hedonistic friends and former mistresses. In this sequel to his 1987 film "Decline of the American Empire," director Denis Arcand revisits familiar themes of sex, love and politics among aging baby boomers, which, while purporting to celebrate la dolce vita, actually presents a depressing nihilistic view of life and interpersonal relationships. Subtitles. A cavalier attitude toward promiscuity and adultery, a condoning depiction of assisted suicide, much sexually explicit language and humor, some rough language and profanity, as well as recurring drug abuse. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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Stephen of Mar Saba: A "do not disturb" sign helped today's saint find holiness and peace. 
<p>Stephen of Mar Saba was the nephew of St. John Damascene, who introduced the young boy to monastic life beginning at age 10. When he reached 24, Stephen served the community in a variety of ways, including guest master. After some time he asked permission to live a hermit's life. The answer from the abbot was yes and no: Stephen could follow his preferred lifestyle during the week, but on weekends he was to offer his skills as a counselor. Stephen placed a note on the door of his cell: "Forgive me, Fathers, in the name of the Lord, but please do not disturb me except on Saturdays and Sundays." </p><p>Despite his calling to prayer and quiet, Stephen displayed uncanny skills with people and was a valued spiritual guide. </p><p>His biographer and disciple wrote about Stephen: "Whatever help, spiritual or material, he was asked to give, he gave. He received and honored all with the same kindness. He possessed nothing and lacked nothing. In total poverty he possessed all things." </p><p>Stephen died in 794.</p> American Catholic Blog Father, grant us the grace to be humble and content to place ourselves at your service. You know the role you want us to play in your kingdom. Following where you lead is the only sure way to find success and enjoy the adventure. We ask your grace to know this, in Jesus's name, Amen.


 
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